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« Reply #3795 on: August 12, 2014, 06:45:03 AM »

You know what other numbers don't lie? The amount of money his movies make. Kind of sickens me that he's figured out if you make a movie out of a recognizable franchise/brand/name, it won't matter how good or bad it is, people will still go out and see it just out of curiosity.
It isn't the recognizable name that gets his movies the amount of money they get because there are other movies out there with recognizable franchises which don't get as high grossing. It certainly isn't his story telling, and it isn't the action because he managed to make giant robots fighting boring in Transformers 1 (only Transformers movie I have seen). I'd say his formula for success is explosion porn combined with 80s nostalgia. Bright side in all this, latest Transformers seems to have gotten half as much as 2? So maybe people are getting bored of him a little?
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« Reply #3796 on: August 12, 2014, 10:17:07 AM »

You know what other numbers don't lie? The amount of money his movies make. Kind of sickens me that he's figured out if you make a movie out of a recognizable franchise/brand/name, it won't matter how good or bad it is, people will still go out and see it just out of curiosity.
It isn't the recognizable name that gets his movies the amount of money they get because there are other movies out there with recognizable franchises which don't get as high grossing. It certainly isn't his story telling, and it isn't the action because he managed to make giant robots fighting boring in Transformers 1 (only Transformers movie I have seen). I'd say his formula for success is explosion porn combined with 80s nostalgia. Bright side in all this, latest Transformers seems to have gotten half as much as 2? So maybe people are getting bored of him a little?

That and his target audience seems to be enlisted military dudes. Seriously, as much as I enjoy watching monster movies where the military isn't hopelessly outgunned and/or horribly inept, it gets to be a bit much when they're constantly stealing everybody's spotlight (not that Shia Le Douf needs any to begin with because the dude's a hack and fuck Even Stevens).
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« Reply #3797 on: August 12, 2014, 03:08:00 PM »

Also on the fence on Ninja Turtles. I grew up with them in the 80s, but I'm wondering when do (you) or does anyone become too old for this stuff? Plus, I got no kids to partake in this nostalgia.

Never too old.  Remember, most of these movies based on comic books and such (yes, TMNT started as a comic by Eastman and Laird) are rated PG-13, so they're not necessarily "kiddie" movies and a lot of goers are probably people our age who, yes, grew up with this stuff.  It's kinda cool seeing my 10 year-old nephew being into Iron Man and the superhero/comic stuff I grew up with. 

And looking at more modern day comics from smaller houses other than DC or Marvel, many of them realize that a majority of comic book kids are our age now and create stories we'd like.  It's kinda like how the kids whose childhoods were harbored around 8-bit Nintendo are our age now, so video games grew up with us. 

As for Michael Bay, I've said it before and I'll say it again.  The best thing he ever directed was that Meat Loaf music video "I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That.)"
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« Reply #3798 on: August 12, 2014, 05:34:52 PM »

Had a fun day at the movies and saw Guardians of the Galaxy and Into the Storm.

Guardians was pretty fantastic, but everyone knows that at this point. Pratt was perfect in his role, Draxx stole the show, every character was pretty brilliant, lots of great aerial battles (my favorite type of action scene) and just a solid tone throughout. My only concern at this point is that by the time this whole Infinity Stones/Thanos plot finally plays out, people will be a bit burnt out on it.


Into the Storm took me by surprise.

I saw it because I love disaster movies, but an average disaster movie was all I was expecting. I just wanted to see some shit get wrecked. But the movie does some things that are actually pretty brilliant. While the plot is filled with a generic disaster movie cast of characters, most of those characters are actually real and pleasantly varied. For instance, the smart scientist character isn't constantly telling the other characters "I tried to warn you about this!" (I also really like that the only environmental message is a lost detail blended into a single line of dialogue)

The movie itself was a mix of "found footage" type shots and classic disaster movie cinematography. When they were going for spectacle, the movie went for the classic look, and when the scene needed something more emotional, it was the perspective stuff. And boy was this movie surprisingly emotional. The minor characters and extras actually reacted to disaster like you'd expect them to react and it made some of the more intimate scenes extremely horrifying. There was a scene early on in the movie where a tornado passes over a high school and tears the roof off, and it was surprisingly chilling to watch.

If you like disaster movies as much as I do, I have to say don't pass this one up.
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« Reply #3799 on: August 13, 2014, 10:27:35 AM »

I saw Apes, and it was great.
I saw Guardians, and it was great.
I also saw Hercules, which was just okay.
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« Reply #3800 on: August 14, 2014, 11:26:18 PM »

Evil Dead 2.  Nuff said.
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« Reply #3801 on: August 15, 2014, 04:15:03 PM »

Evil Dead 2.  Nuff said.

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« Reply #3802 on: August 15, 2014, 10:09:39 PM »

Sawr Snowpiercer again oh boy
about a lucky man that made the train
and though the train was rather bad
well i just had to laugh

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« Reply #3803 on: August 16, 2014, 01:21:32 AM »


What the what is going on here?
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« Reply #3804 on: August 16, 2014, 02:41:22 PM »

Captain Phillips - Great movie! As always with movies like this I wonder what is true, and what has been changed for the movie. Regardless, it was intense as hell, and Tom hanks was fantastic as always. Even had me tearing up in the end. he truly is one of our greatest actors.

The Grey - Why did I watch this? It was on a list of top 100 Netflix movies to see. I want my 2 hours back. It wasn't horrible, but it was totally predictable. And what's up with the giant man-eating direwolves? Alaska getting a bad rap here. It DID have more character and "meaning" than you would expect out of a movie like this. I'll give it that.
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« Reply #3805 on: August 17, 2014, 01:12:20 AM »

Go watch it, Dice:)   

Watched The Purge: Anarchy tonight.  It was alright. Better than the first one.
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« Reply #3806 on: August 17, 2014, 05:54:50 PM »

Captain Phillips - Great movie! As always with movies like this I wonder what is true, and what has been changed for the movie. Regardless, it was intense as hell, and Tom hanks was fantastic as always. Even had me tearing up in the end. he truly is one of our greatest actors.

The Grey - Why did I watch this? It was on a list of top 100 Netflix movies to see. I want my 2 hours back. It wasn't horrible, but it was totally predictable. And what's up with the giant man-eating direwolves? Alaska getting a bad rap here. It DID have more character and "meaning" than you would expect out of a movie like this. I'll give it that.

That final scene with Tom Hanks in Captain Phillips almost had me tearing up too. I've heard the real Captain Phillips is a dick and nothing like the character in the movie, which is interesting.
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« Reply #3807 on: August 17, 2014, 06:08:34 PM »

I watched "This is the End" with my bandmates.  It was more amusing than I expected it to be.  Movies like this are not ones I would necessarily watch on my own, but with the right people with you, they're flippin' awesome.    
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« Reply #3808 on: August 21, 2014, 01:50:06 AM »

Managed to catch HtTYD2 in theaters on Monday. Felt that it was the better movie compared to HtTYD1 in spite of fewer Toothless antics.
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« Reply #3809 on: August 22, 2014, 12:53:26 AM »

Watched Ninja Turtles.  It was bizarre in a word....not terrible I suppose. To be honest, the original 90's version wouldn't fly these days.
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